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Pro Street Style and Big-Block Chevy Power: It’s a 1973 VW Super Beetle on Steroids!

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If you've been following along with HOT ROD Readers' Rides over the past few months, you've probably picked up on the fact that we're suckers for the unusual. Tim Sager's Pro Streetstyle 1973 VW Super Beetle powered by a 454-ci big-block Chevy fits the bill—perfectly.

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"It started as a fully restored '73 Super Beetle," Tim told us. "Ran it that way for about one year, then decided it needed a big-block." Because, of course it did. To make it happen, Tim said that he "tore it back down and started from the ground up, building a chassis to house the 454 big-block Chevy, transmission, and rearend while allowing the original body to fit over the top." The whole build, apart from the transmission, was completed in his two-bay hobby garage in Poestenkill, New York.

It's builds like these that really get us excited about hot rodding. The theory is so simple: Stuff the biggest engine possible into the lightest car possible and go have fun.

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But, simple in theory doesn't always translate to an easy execution. Bill noted, "I would like to thank Walt Schwinning for all is advice on building the frame and front end. Special thanks to my son, Jay, for all his help, advice, and many nights figuring this out. And, a very special thanks to my wife, Donna, for putting up with all the late nights, weekends, and me during the building of this ride."

See below for the nitty-gritty build specs of Tim's wild big-block Chevy-powered VW Super Beetle.

Tim Sager's Pro Street 1973 VW Super Beetle Build Details:

  • 454 Big-block Chevy bored 0.040 over, 270H camshaft, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake manifold, and 750 CFM Street Demon carburetor
  • Block-hugger headers and Magnaflow mufflers with 2-1/2-inch to 3-inch megaphone tailpipes
  • 8-gallon fuel cell with Holley electric pump and Painless wiring kit
  • TH350 transmission built to accommodate roughly 500 horsepower with B&M Holeshot torque converter, B&M shifter, and Hayden transmission cooler
  • Moser heavy-duty Ford 9-inch rearend narrowed to 43 inches with Moser Pro Street axles and 3.70:1 gears
  • Home-built four-link made with chrome-moly tubing, polyurethane bushings QA1 two-way adjustable coilover shocks
  • Fat Man tubular upper and lower control arms, hats for coil springs and QA1 adjustable coilovers. Homemade crossmember and brackets with Mustang spindles and Mustang rack-and-pinion steering
  • Wilwood Dual Master cylinder and adjustable balance bar, four-wheel disc brakes with GM calipers and rotors
  • Home-built frame using 2X3-inch 0.120 wall square tubing, triangulated and braced plus 10-point roll cage
  • Body was totally gutted from windshield to back window; firewall, transmission tunnel, wheel tubs, floor, dash are all constructed from 18-gauge sheetmetal
  • Front fenders had to be widened 2 inches to house front tires; rear fenders remain stock
  • Body and paint by owner; 2018 Camaro Z28 It's Green O'Clock color
  • Firestone F560 radials on Weld Racing Pro-Stars front, Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R 29x15.00 RLT tires with Center Line wheels rear
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